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Russian Su-35s Are Making It a Point to Shadow Western Strike Planes Over Syria

It's to remind them that unlike the western coalition they are there at the invitation of the Syrian government

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A German Luftwaffe (Air Force) general with the goods. Talking to a German paper the general reveals that Russian Su-30 and Su-35 fighter planes in Syria make regularly stalk and shadow strike craft of the western powers flying over Syria.

The general also has the explanation why the Russians make it a point to do so. They want to remind the western powers “that they, in contrast to the international anti-IS coalition, are at the invitation of the legitimate Syrian government.”

Good for the Russians. They can't blow the intruding western aircraft out of the sky (not without a World War 3), but they can remind them that according to all international norms, they really ought to.


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